Bumpy journey across Angola
Tues 24 Oct from 2.00pm-5.00pm | Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Main Lecture Theatre (E22) (map) | Free non-ticketed event
Part of Africa in Motion, an Edinburgh African film festival taking place from 20-29 Oct 2006 at Filmhouse cinema. For full information on the festival, please see: www.africa-in-motion.org.uk
Noe Mendelle, Head of Film and TV at the Edinburgh College of Art and Director of the Scottish Documentary Institute, presents an afternoon workshop on filmmaking in Angola.
Lusophone Africa consists of 5 countries: Sao Tome & Principe, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Angola. All are linked by their common language, Portuguese, and their struggle for independence from their colonial oppressor. If there is anything that can be called "African Cinema", it is certainly in a precarious state today due to great difficulties in finding finance for projects. However, one common goal for all African filmmakers is to see their work both as storytelling as well as making a direct contribution to the task of national reconstruction. In order to explore the difficulty in combining the two, this workshop will explore the failed attempt to make a documentary in Angola, a nation torn apart by forty years of uninterrupted war. After a thirteen-year national liberation struggle against the Portuguese colonialists ended with independence in 1975, Angola plunged immediately into a brutal civil war. The national MPLA government, backed initially by Cuba and the Soviet Union, and the UNITA rebels, supported by the US and the South African apartheid regime, remained locked in conflict until 2003, long after the end of the Cold War itself.
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